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Fire crews contain blaze in Sierras after 2 weeks

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RENO, Nev. — After a two-week battle, firefighters finally contained a forest fire Sunday that had charred 14,500 acres in the Sierra Nevada.

The fire erupted June 17 at a suspected marijuana farm near Truckee, Calif., amid the driest conditions in the region in a half-century. Its cause remains under investigation.

The blaze did most of its damage the first day, consuming 12,000 acres, shutting down I-80 and a major rail line. The fire destroyed a mobile home, a cabin, three vehicles and a railroad trestle.

Weary crews rested after the fire was declared fully contained Sunday evening. The blaze cost $16.3 million to fight.